My mom, Jude, was the queen of dining room tablescapes and Christmastime was when this talent shined the most.
She would create masterpieces on the table that were so extravagant, that when enjoying dinner, we often had to peak around the decor to see each other. It excited my mom to design her table top around a theme and add flair and charm to the room. Whether it was elegant or whimsical, her tablescapes made a statement all year long and not just at Christmas.It’s been three years since my mom has been healthy enough to travel to my home for the holidays. When she used to arrive for Christmas, she’d show up enthusiastically ringing her jingle bell tree at the front door until my kids came running to greet her. She made ordinary moments huge. I’d like to think it was on purpose, and maybe it was, but my mom forgot that jingle bell tree here the last time she visited. Every Christmas, I rest it on an end table in my living room and my youngest gets a kick out of shaking it like her Ammie did.
This year, when I pulled that tree out of the storage bin, I was feeling inspired by it’s snow covered base and soft colors. This year, my mom’s jingle bell tree adorns my dining room table.With an array of natural textures, my tablescape transformed into a woodland winter wonderland where rustic and natural elements like Juniper branches, Incense Cedar and Birch Bark work as a backdrop to playful and woodsy elements like gold dusted antlers, faux fur, pine cones, and feathers from recycled paper. Brass candlesticks add some elegance and shine as do the large bells.
The theme was carried out into other areas of my home too.
It’s stunning in simplicity yet subtly sophisticated as it naturally says Christmas.
I hadn’t planned on sharing the table, but I was caught off guard one morning. Somehow just where I placed my mom’s jingle bells is just where the sun shines each morning. Before I could even light the candles, I grabbed my camera and snapped these pictures. I’m thankful I did. What is your inspiration for holiday decor this year?
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